Fall Prevention

Autumn is upon us.  As the summer ends, we are starting to feel a slight chill in the air. September and the start of Fall reminds us of the importance of increasing national public awareness each year about fall and injury prevention in aging adults.  As we get older, a combination of physical changes and health conditions puts us at much greater risk for trip and fall injuries. Falls continue to be a national public health concern among those aged 65 and older. Falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits and account for nearly 20% of all 911 calls. Each year, over 3 million ER visits are due to a fall injury. More than 1 out of 4 older Americans will experience a fall this year. Falling once, doubles your chance of falling again. Fall risk is often a leading factor in an older or medically fragile adult losing their ability to live independently. In fact, falls are the leading cause of serious injury in older adults. Local fire departments and EMS can play a key role in fall prevention efforts, including assistance in addressing home hazards or referring older adults and their families to preventative programs and services. Check out the CDC’s site for helpful information and resources on how to keep our loved ones and neighbors safe.